Police have confirmed at least 22 people were killed last night following a loud blast at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. At least 59 more were injured. The first two victims of what police are treating as a terrorist attack have been identified as Georgina Bethany Callander, 18, and Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8.
The New York Times reports Callander was a health and social care student at Runshaw College in Lancashire who adored pop music. Her Instagram account is filled with Disneyland visits, celebrity meet-and-greets, and concerts. She seemed to particularly love Ariana Grande, who she posted about constantly, and had been to many of her concerts before.
A close friend told The Standard Callander was one of the first people rushed to the hospital following the blast and that she died with her mother at her bedside. It was her mother who confirmed her death to her friends.
Less is known about Saffie-Rose, who attended the concert with her mother Lisa and her sister Ashlee, The Guardian reports. Saffie-Rose was separated from her family following the blast — Lisa and Ashlee were later found injured at separate hospitals.
When news Saffie-Rose was missing broke, social media swarmed to try and find her and connect her to her family.
Upon learning of her death, her Tarleton Community Primary School teacher Chris Upton said in a statement: “Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.”